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, chuck hagel, but chuck hagel is a step closer tonight, brian. he got through a key committee and there might be a full vote on his confirmation by as early as thursday. >> chuck todd, we'll see more of you later tonight. thanks. >>> and let's bring in the rest of our team. we're joined by three former nbc news white house correspondents here in the studio, david gregory, andrea mitchell and savannah guthrie. not an attempt to make anybody feel old. david, we will start with you. what are you looking for tonight? >> this is ultimately about the economy. economic restoration is really what the president those focus on in a second term. he has got an opportunity here on guns. you will see a big show of that tonight. on immigration, he can work with republicans but there is bedrock opposition. i spent time with the house speaker today. these two sides are so far apart on taxes and spending. they don't see a way really to get together. i think it's going to be tough speech from that point of view and i think republicans are only gonna dig in. >> savannah, atmospherics going into t
of chuck hagel as defense secretary on hold. where do things go from here? >> reporter: well, on "meet the press," senator john mccain said while he doesn't believe hagel is qualified, he also doesn't believe his nomination process should be held up any longer. the full senate is expected to vote on hagel when it reconvenes next week. >> all right. kristen welker tonight. thank you. >>> as you just heard, one of the big issues in the immigration debate is border security. despite progress claimed by the federal government, nbc's mark potter found that for some americans who live near mexico, the border is anything but secure. >> reporter: in the rugged terrain south of tucson, arizona, advocates concerned about u.s. border security took matters into their own hands and placed motion-sensitive hidden cameras on known smuggling trails and this is their video, revealing wave after wave of mexican drug and immigrant smugglers, some of them heavily armed, who cross the border and travel miles north inside the united states. >> you got a trail coming in. >> reporter: it's why rancher david b
february nebraska senator chuck hagel hammered today at his senate confirmation hearing. one of the most heated exchanges came from his former friends senator john mccain who grilled hagel on his opposition to the 2007 surge of u.s. forces into iraq. >> deserves your judgment as to whether you were right or wrong about the surge. >> i'll explain why i made those comments. >> i want to know if you were right or wrong. that's a direct question. i expect a direct answer. >> hagel said it wasn't a yes or no answer but senator mccain didn't give him a chance to explain. hagel spent a lot of time clarifying pree clarifying previous positions. including supporting the rights of gays in the militaries. if confirmed, he would be the first enlisted man to be as defense secretary. his supporters say that experience makes him uniquely qualified for the job. >>> now to a developing story in mexico. 14 people are dead and 80 injured after an explosion at the headquarters of mexico's state-run oil company. the blast damaged three floors of the building. several thousand workers have been evacuated. the
as senate republicans block a vote to confirm nominee chuck hagel. nbc's chief white house correspondent chuck todd has the very latest. >> reporter: good morning. president obama is and thi stan chuck hagel. as the former senate nominees put up the road block not only to kill the nomination, but also delay it. the yays are 58, nays are 40. one senator announced present. >> reporter: with that senate vote, chuck hagel came short of a 60-vote, and stalling his confirmation vote by two weeks. president obama was emphatic in his defense of the em battled nominee. >> chuck hagel who richly it was to get a vote on the floor of the senate will be confirmed as our defense secretary. it's unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan. >> reporter: some republicans want more time because they say hagel hasn't provided enough information on speeches he gave in the last five years. others want more information from the president about benghazi. ultimately, hagel's issues with the former gop colleagues are personal. >> there's a lot of i
senator chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense will be put to a vote some time next week. this after hagel was met with sharp questions from both sides of the aisle during his confirmation hearing on thursday. nbc's kelly o'donnell is live on capitol hill. kelly, good morning. >> good morning, matt. the white house is not sounding alarm bells but officials do say this was not a perfect performance from chuck hagel who served in the senate for 12 years, a republican from nebraska, and you would think that would make him very familiar with confirmation hearings, but it didn't turn out that way. respected for his decorated combat service in vietnam, but repeatedly pressed about his views on today's hot spots, even democrats took issue when chuck hagel referred to iran as a legitimate government. >> i do not see iran or the iran nan government as a legitimate government and i would like your thoughts on that. >> what i meant to say, should have said, it's recognizable. it's been recognized, is recognized at the un. >> reporter: both parties wanted reassurance on israel. >> i'
towards confirmation. chuck hagel should get committee approval later today, meaning he could get confirmed by thursday. >> chuck todd at the white house. thank you. >>> valerie jarrett is senior advisor to president obama. ms. jarrett, good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. how are you? >> very well, thank you. i do want to talk about the state of the union. let's start with north korea. the u.n. is convening an emergency meeting at the security council. the basic question is what options are left against a country that may be among the most sanctioned condition tris in the world and yet continues to defy? >> well, as we said earlier, it was a highly provocative act. it violates numerous u.n. security council resolutions. it is a threat to the region. it is a threat to the united states. it is destabilizing and it's not actually in the best interests of north korea. it doesn't strengthen north korea, it actually makes it more vulnerable. it isolates it and it increases the impoverishment of the country. we expect the international community will have a very firm response
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